What does BRB mean?

Be right back

BRB” is a slang term that you’ll often see in online chats or text messages. It’s the short form of “Be Right Back”, and people use it to let others know they’ll be away from the conversation for a short while, but they’ll be back soon. It’s not used when someone is going to be away for a long time – that’s when you’d see terms like “CUL” or “gb”.

This slang became really popular in the early 2000s. That’s when a lot of people started texting on their mobile phones and chatting online. This could be while playing video games or sending direct messages on Twitter. The term is typically used when someone expects to be absent for a few minutes up to an hour.

Think about the times you’ve had to step away from a conversation. Maybe you needed to go to the bathroom, or someone else needed your attention for a moment. Or perhaps you had to run a quick errand. That’s when you’d use “BRB”. For example, a girl might text her friend, “BRB, need to grab a coffee”.

Example for using ‘BRB’ in a conversation

Hey, can you help me with my math homework?

Sure, what do you need help with?

I’m stuck on question 5. Can you explain it to me?

Of course! Let me just finish making my sandwich, BRB!

No problem, take your time!

Thanks! Okay, I’m back. So, for question 5…